A French blogger writes about her experience after the procedure. (via The Well-Timed Period)

keagirl writes on the difficulty of controlling their post-operative pain.

Response to Paul Levy's firestorm post on malpractice continues:

I defended physicians who I would choose for my own family's care, who were so dispirited by being sued that they contemplated leaving the field.
nurse at small chimes in:
The thing that struck me was when he said that doctors often practice "defensive medicine" (which is taking too many tests in order to avoid the chance of a lawsuit).


Another folk remedy that doesn't pass scientific muster:

Whether it was eaten raw in heart-healthy sandwiches, or in pills made of powdered or aged garlic, the strong-smelling herb had no effect on cholesterol in people whose levels were already elevated, the government-funded study found.

A physician reports on how there is little barrier to ordering unnecessary testing.

First, almost half of women in India don't know about AIDS. Now, here's a sad story of a woman who was beaten to death because she was suspected of carrying the virus.

A clinic douses a man's genitals in acetic acid - which is an accepted diagnostic technique, except they used a solution that was 14x too strong.

The sad thing is, this happened before. I wonder what part of "Do Not Use" didn't they understand?

Asking patients to voluntarily choose mediation instead, with the hope of quicker settlements. Predictably, lawyers are not happy.

A telling statistic:

. . . consent forms and other medical forms are typically written at the graduate school level, although the average American adult reads at the eighth-grade level.

Mixing magic and medicine

A physician who is also a magician on the side. True to form, he has magic tricks tucked into every examining room.

It's a fee-for-service world with declining reimbursements. You do the math:

If a doctor sees 25 patients a day, the first 15 visits are just covering his overhead expense. If a patient fails to keep an appointment, in spite of a confirmation, then the office finances will be decreased.

Therefore, the physician tries to see as many patients as he or she can during the day. ...


The story of a woman who sleeps for up to a week at a time:

Miss Hoyland, a 26-year-old youth charity worker, is one of only a handful of Britons to suffer a rare sleep disorder which can cause her to stay in bed for up to a week at a time . . .

. . . Dozing fits can come on suddenly in the middle of ...


Attacks on hospital staff

Occurs once every seven minutes in the UK.

Meet the anti drug reps

Former drug reps are visiting physician offices to counter the hype put out by the pharmaceutical companies:

These consultants -- or counter-detailers, as they are called -- inform doctors about which drugs work best. Sometimes that means recommending older, less expensive treatments. Their messages are driven by hard science, backers of the service say , not pharmaceutical company earnings reports.
(via White Coat Notes)

Removable tattoo ink

Prominent dermatologist Rox Anderson is preparing to unveil tattoo ink that can be completely erased with a single laser procedure.

According to a recent study on online health search from Envision Solutions.

Burn care and surgery for facial injuries have advanced during times of war:

But one positive side effect of war can be found in the sheer number of patients with a certain type of injury. In that instance, major advances can be made in medical treatments.

Myths about colon cancer

Thanks University of Michigan for pointing out common misconceptions about this disease.

No: "Hospitals will then let the homeless still in need of medical care just walk out, forgoing the free ride to skid row."

He splashed alkaline fluid into his eyes, with strange results.

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